Botswana :: Eastern Botswana/Tuli
Category: Places :: Town Medium
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The first people to settle in the Palapye region were the Bamangwato under Kgosi Khama III. They made their village west of Tswapong Hills but as the terrain was too rocky for crop production, they relocated to the current day site in 1902. The ruins of the church erected in 1892 can still be seen at the site of the Old Palapye village.
Today Palapye is a hive of activity and home to more than 37 000 people. It's also referred to as 'the meeting place' because it lies on the intersection of the A1 between Gaborone and Francistown, and the A14, between Martin’s Drift Border Post and Maun. The presence of the large Morupule Coal Mine and Power Station, the modern Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), Palapye Water Affairs, and its convenient location makes this town one of Botswana’s main financial, residential and educational centres.
|Address :||Palapye, Eastern Botswana/Tuli, Botswana|
|Cellphone Reception :||Good||Main Cellular Network :||Mascom. Orange. Be Mobile|
|Police Station :||Yes||Police Telephone :||+267 492 0222 / +267 942 0241|
|Hospital :||Yes||Hospital Telephone :||+267 942 2742|
|Tourist Information :||Yes||Tourist Information Telephone :||+267 492 2138|
|Petrol :||Yes||Petrol Type :||LRP/ ULP||Petrol Price Index :||BWP 8,65 (May 2012)|
|Diesel :||Yes||Diesel Price Index :||BWP 8,80 (May 2012)|
|Facilities :||Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airstrip, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair|
|Other Facilities :||Auto Spares. Fast Food. Bar/s.|
|Game Viewing, Game Drives, Quad Bikes, 4WD Trails, Tours and Excursions, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Makoro Trips, Boat Trips, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights|
|More Activities:||Camping Safaris.|
Palapye has several fuel stations, supermarkets, banks, foreign exchange, a casino and a butchery.
Bosveld Meat Market Butchery: +267 492 1722 or [email protected]
Tourist attractions in the vicinity are the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Tswapong Hills and Moremi Sacred Gorge. A visit to Old Palapye is also interesting as it is a multi-cultural site going back to the Middle Stone Age. This site is to be further developed to encourage tourism.
Meat in Botswana is of excellent quality and usually cheaper than in South Africa. Pre-order your meat from Bosveld Meat Market and pick it up when you pass through.
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